Kuala Lumpur, July 31: The Intertiol Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing which hosted an “exceptiol” Summer Games in 2008 and promises to do even better this time.
Beijing won 44 nods against Almaty’s 40 in the IOC voting with one abstention, becoming the first ever city to host both summer and winter Olympics, reports Xinhua.
In the 2022 Games voting, the secret ballot by 85 IOC members was conducted twice, first electronically and then on paper, after it was discovered that the electronic system had malfunctioned.
The Games will be divided between the capital and the city of Zhangjiakou — which is 118 miles north-west of Beijing and will host the snow events.
The Chinese capital and its co-bidder Zhangjiakou erupted with joy as IOC president Thomas Bach announced the winner at the 128th IOC session at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated Chi’s passion for the Games in a video speech played during Beijing’s fil presentation to the IOC members early in the afternoon.
“The 2022 Olympic Winter Games if held in Chi will boost exchanges and mutual understanding between the Chinese and other civilizations of the world, encourage more than 1.3 billion Chinese to engage in winter sports with interest and passion and give them yet another opportunity to help advance the Olympic Movement and promote the Olympic spirit,” Xi said.
“The Chinese government highly appreciates the Olympic Values and the IOC’s initiative of reform. We will honour all the commitments we have made and fully implement the Olympic Agenda 2020.”
A 12-member Beijing panel made a passiote presentation six hours earlier. Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and former NBA star Yao Ming also weighed in. IANS